The occupational hazards for burlesque performers are many (think of the tassel-related injuries alone!), and many are uninsured, according to the organizers of an event to raise money for performers’ health care.
This Friday night, the H Street bar Red Palace hosts a fundraiser for Pastie-Aid, a fund that local performers can tap into when faced with health care bills. And the tales of uninsured woe that befall the burlesque types (according to Pastie-Aid, they could come while “twirling a tassel, juggling fire or snapping a mousetrap on your tongue”) might make for compelling first-person narrative on Capitol Hill, HOH thinks. After all, as the Washington Post recently reported, lawmakers are relying on such personal stories to make their case on health care issues.
Besides, a little sword-swallowing would really liven up Congressional hearings.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.